November’s Member Event: Tour the Villa Zorayda

2023-10-30T14:40:39-04:00October 30th, 2023|

Join us in November for an exclusive tour of the Villa Zorayda on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, with two different tour times: 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Members will meet at the Villa Zorayda, check in and then begin their tour using an hand-held audio device. The tour will take roughly 45 minutes to an hour and does include stairs. We will have light refreshments for you following the tour. Each tour group is limited [...]

Military Honor Plaza Dedication on November 10th!

2023-10-31T13:58:41-04:00October 30th, 2023|

During World War II, the St. Augustine Light Station served as a United States Coast Guard station. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum honors that military heritage by opening the Military Honor Plaza featuring commemorative bricks to honor the members of our nation's Armed Forces. On Friday, November 10, 2023, the Museum will host a special ceremony to mark the opening of the Plaza at 10:00 AM. The event is free and open to [...]

After-Hours Private Experiences

2023-07-05T11:36:50-04:00June 30th, 2023|

What can I do? Create your own experience before or after-hours. Ghost tours Paranormal investigations Historic tours Small, intimate ceremonies Engagements Sunrise/Sunset events School group tours Filming/photography Have a different idea? Reach out and we can work with you on your options. What does it include? Private Experiences can include a tour, tower climb, etc. Staff is always on site during private experiences. Scheduled times are inclusive of guided tour, tower climb, set-up and break [...]

Member Spotlight: Kelli McGreevy and Rick Poehlman

2023-04-25T12:10:55-04:00April 25th, 2023|

Each month we feature a Member Spotlight in our member newsletter giving our members a chance to share why the Museum is important to them and why they value their membership.  This month we recognize Kelli McGreevy and Rick Poehlman.  Members since 2021, Rick and Kelli were married on the front lawn of the Museum in December 2020! Kelli has been visiting the Lighthouse since she was a child while her dad was stationed at [...]

Historical Preservation: Coastal Lookout Barracks Roof Completed!

2023-04-13T15:35:05-04:00April 10th, 2023|

The Coastal Barracks recently received a new cypress shingled roof. The funding for the project came from the Gene Oakes Grant Program of the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA). The FLA is a non-profit organization that provides grants to support historic preservation, restoration and educational programs at Florida's light stations. The Coastal Lookout Building was built in 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The building served as the barracks for the United States Coast [...]

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo – From Florida

2022-04-25T10:47:55-04:00December 7th, 2021|

In the months immediately following the December 7th attack in 1941 on the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, American resolve was codified into a call for action. Something had to be done quickly to send a message to Imperial Japan that they were not out of our reach. Payback was coming. In this photo is what appears to be a Japanese Aichi D3A1 Dive Bomber taking up an attack angle for another run [...]

Luminary Night Events End With Social Media Blitz!

2020-12-03T10:30:24-05:00October 14th, 2020|

UPDATE: Tuesday Night’s Luminary Night was a great success! We had over 600 vehicles come through and help us celebrate the holiUPDATE: Tuesday Night’s Luminary Night was a great success! We had over 600 vehicles come through and help us celebrate the holidays and we packed the van full of donated canned goods. TONIGHT, we will light our luminaries and we ask you to share your photos on social media (either Facebook or Instagram) beginning [...]

World War II on Americas’s First Coast: Part Two: The American Response – “Semper Paratus”

2020-08-11T09:36:34-04:00August 11th, 2020|

The reality of war on America’s own East Coast was a shock to its residents, and it was no different for the people of St. Augustine. The United States Navy kept the news of the U-boat attacks under wraps while they scrambled to take defensive action, and action they did take. In February of 1942, the USS Roper (DD-147), a Wickes-class destroyer returned to Norfolk, VA, after successfully performing escort duty to Londonderry, Ireland. [...]

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